Very rare indeed! This is a Roman "Terra Nigra" beaker. This black glossy slipware is from northern Gaul and was imported into south-east Britain during the late 1st century BC and 1st century AD (Augustan to Neronian/early Flavian periods).
The vessel displays fine rouletting below the lip, around the shoulder and above the foot, a type of decoration commonly seen on these vessels. Small maker's mark on foot.
Condition: Chips to the slip and damaged foot. Repair to rim.
Dimensions: 10cm (H) x 8.2cm (W)
Provenance: From my own UK collection. Previously acquired on the European art market from a German collection, formed between 1960-1980.
Plates, cups, beakers and bowls in fine black slipped wares produced in northern Gaul and distributed across north-east Gaul and south-east Britain during the late 1st century BC and 1st century AD (Augustan to Neronian/early Flavian). Blue-black slip; highly-burnished surfaces. Wheel-thrown. Much variation possible on an individual vessels. Production was in the Vesle valley, near Rheims, the Marne valley and the Trier region. Vessels are found in North-east Gaul, between the Seine, Moselle and Rhine. In Britain, principally south and east of the Severn-Humber line, with concentrations in central southern England, and Herts/Essex.
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